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Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Psalm 102:25 - Of old, you laid the foundation of the earth. The heavens are the work of your hands. (NIV - In the beginning...)
Proverbs 8:23 - I (wisdom) was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 - He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in their hearts, yet so that man can’t find out the work that God has done from the beginning even to the end.
Isaiah 40:21 - ... Haven’t you been told from the beginning? Haven’t you understood from the foundations of the earth?
Isaiah 41:4 - Who has worked and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I, Yahweh, the first, and with the last, I am he.”
Isaiah 41:26 - who has declared it from the beginning, that we may know? ...
Isaiah 46:9-10 - ... I am God, and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning, ...
Matthew 19:4, Mark 10:6 - ... he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,
Matthew 19:8 - Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so.
Matthew 24:21, Mark 13:19 - for then there will be great oppression, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever will be.
Luke 11:50 - that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
John 1:1-2 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
John 8:44 - ... He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn’t stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. ...
2 Thessalonians 2:13 - ... God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth;
2 Timothy 1:9 - ... not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,
Titus 1:2 - in hope of eternal life, which God, who can’t lie, promised before time began;
Hebrews 1:10 - And, “You, Lord, in the beginning, laid the foundation of the earth. The heavens are the works of your hands.
2 Peter 3:4 - ... all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
1 John 1:1 - That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we saw, and our hands touched, concerning the Word of life
1 John 2:13-14 - I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. ...
1 John 3:8 - ... the devil has been sinning from the beginning. ...
Revelation 21:6 - ... It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. ...
Revelation 22:13 - I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

BEGINNING [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

be-gin'-ing (re'-shith; arche):
The natural meaning of the word is with reference to time. The primitive Greek root means "to be long," "to draw out." Thus, it is used to refer to some point of time long drawn out, or long past (Genesis 1:1). It is used also to express the inauguration of a particular event (Exodus 12:2). The principal interest in the word centers in the use of it in John 1:1. It must be interpreted here by that which follows in the statement as to the relation of the Logos to the Eternal God and the use of the word "was." It is true that the word arche cannot be separated from the idea of time, but when time began He already was, and therefore He was from eternity.


in a figurative sense it is used of that which is most excellent, the chief part (Proverbs 1:7); of the most eminent person (Colossians 1:18); the author (Revelation 3:14).

Jacob W. Kapp

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